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EC)--The commencement ceremony for Enid High School’s Class of 2021 will be tonight at 7:30 at D. Bruce Selby Stadium. Hannah Brinley, class president, will offer the welcome. Graduation speakers will include Ian Choi, valedictorian; Brian Higbee, salutatorian; and Charlee Maloy, senior speaker. EHS will also recognize 54 valedictorian scholars and 117 honor students. About 170 Enid High Schools’ graduating seniors received or were offered a total $5.5 million in scholarships or awards this year, as partly presented during EHS’ annual senior awards assembly Wednesday.


General parking tonight will be available in the south parking lot of the stadium. The EHS parking lots, located on the school campus, also will be open. Those who use the south stadium parking lot are asked to enter the south gates and follow the east sidewalk to the north-side seating. Limited handicap parking will be located on the north side of the stadium. Once the spaces are full, vehicles with passengers who require handicap parking will be allowed to drive to the entrance of the stadium to drop-off passengers. For the safety of those in attendance, Iowa Street will be closed to regular traffic near the stadium. Guests are welcome to sit on both the north and south sides of the stadium. Overflow open seating will be available on the practice field west of the stadium, and guests who choose to use that location are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Those attending are asked to please not bring air horns or other items of distraction. The district will communicate with families and the community at least two and a half hours in advance of the designated start time, if any changes are necessary.


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MJ)--Marcy Jarrett, who has been director at Visit Enid since the organization’s inception in 2010, has submitted her resignation effective the end of May. Jarrett has been selected as the new Executive Director of the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce. Visit Enid will host a reception for Jarrett this afternoon from 4:00 to 5:30 at the Enid Welcome Center, 201 W Garriott. Visit Enid communications coordinator Rob Houston will assume the title of interim director. Services manager Jenna Spencer will also shift to a new sales and marketing position within the organization.


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WH)--Wheatheart Nutrition Project is set to receive nearly $1 million of federal and state dollars from Enid’s area agency on aging for projects over the next year. Long-Term Care Authority of Enid Area Agency on Aging will allocate a combined $954,146 of funds intended for senior citizen services to Wheatheart. The Blackwell-based nonprofit serves hot meals to seniors five days a week in an eight-county area, provides deliveries to homebound people, and nutrition counseling and education. Next year, Wheatheart will receive $819,129 for its nutrition project and $61,905 more for its outreach project to be provided under the federal Older Americans Act, which provides for adults over the age of 60 access to services specified by Title III such as nutrition, legal aid and transportation.


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CN)— Fifteen more newly confirmed virus-related deaths and 185 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state since Thursday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. 1,205 cases are considered active in Oklahoma, with 135 people currently hospitalized for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new cases reported was 140.


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There have been 7806 positive COVID-19 cases, and 131 deaths in Garfield County. 6905 of those cases and 121 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 2056 cases, Alfalfa 1154, Blaine County is at 1045 cases, Major 956, and Grant 549. 


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CB)--Applications are being accepted for serving on the following City of Enid’s boards and commissions: Fire Civil Service Commission, Board of Directors of the Public Library of Enid and Garfield County, and the Vance Development Authority. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 24th. For details, go to




VB)--The Veterans Memorial Bridge, which carries traffic over the BNSF Rail Yard at the 600 block of North Van Buren will be officially dedicated May 28 at 10:30 am at ABC Park. Enid AM AMBUCS, the City of Enid and State of Oklahoma ask you to join them in honoring all veterans and help kick off Memorial Day weekend.




CP)--City of Enid Parks and Recreation staff expect the Champlin Pool to be open Tuesday, June 1. Enid City Manager Jerald Gilbert said previously the pool would operate at normal capacity and with normal hours this year.





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